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Comics 411: Marvel vs. DC – Which is Better?

January 2, 2019 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Marvel vs. DC

I’m Steve Gustafson and thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to check out 411mania’s Comic Book Review Roundtable, every Thursday! Read up on the best reviews and let us know what you’re reading as well. Click to read the latest Comic Book Review Roundtable! Aquaman #43, Fantastic Four Wedding Special #1, and more!

Now, on with the show!

Last week we discussed Things We’re Tired of in Comic Books!. Here’s what some of you had to say:

D2Kvirus: “Does Viz Media’s shambolic translations in their Junji Ito collections count?”

Feather is Better: “Fan negativity”

duh: “Geoff Johns. Early in his career he came up with interesting, engaging stories. When he became established and part of editorial, all he does is retcon characters back to how they were when he was growing up, as well as constantly propping up the character who is based on his sister and while not a bad character by any meansm has never been as popular as he wants her to be”

redhotrash: “Columns, like this one specifically, painting fandoms as toxic every time they reject whatever the most recent sjw retcon or ham fisted “message” the writers crap out that month.

David Wilkinson: “No mention of variant covers? That is the exact reason I quit collecting comics in the 90’s. After Marvel learned with the success of X-Men #1 selling 8 million copies and it’s 5 different covers that fans would buy every variant. Seems like after that they used every excuse to have variant covers, special covers, foil covers. Stop with all the cash grabbing tactics and just fucking tell stories.”

“Filthy” Jake Fury: “- The constant hero vs hero stories. Avengers vs Xmen, Xmen vs Inhumans, etc. I have zero interest in any of them.

– Comic characters taking on the designs of their live action counterparts. I like there being a difference in them.

– Agreeing with D-Unit below – too many versions of one character. This is lazy writing at its finest IMO.

– Tom King on Batman. His series sucks.

– I am thankful that the huge logjam of crossovers seems to have slowed down some.

D-Unit: “Event crossovers, Character “deaths” when they don’t really work well for the story, too many versions of one character (Spider-Man, Flash, etc.), returning “Dead” characters that really do nothing for the story (Ben Reilly), re-launches (New 52)”

Jivin’ Koloff: “1. Brian Michael Bendis
2. Grant Morrison”

To read all the comments or to read last week’s column, CLICK HERE! As always, thanks for the input!

This week we discuss…

DC vs Marvel!

Another year begins and we’re still debating on the Big Two. When I first started writing this column back in 2013, the very first topic I wrote about was Marvel vs DC and asked which one you all liked better. Of course we are free to like both, and I hope you have books you follow on both sides, but it’s natural to favor one over the other. In the poll (over 800 votes) I ran, nearly 70% of you voted for Marvel with the just under 30% going for DC.

I did the poll a couple of years later and it came in closer to 50/50.

Last year the tally came in slightly in favor of DC. I like to gauge where the readership sits and it feels about right to run it again.

Last year I shared a demographic chart that shows the results on which states prefer Marvel characters to DC characters.

Created by Dish Network partner U.S. Dish using Google analytics, the charts show which states prefer Marvel’s heroes versus DC’s. While overall it appears that Marvel is the overall preferred superhero universe – a fact Dish Network recognizes is likely due to the success of Marvel’s films – but state-by-state, the favorite individual character is a little more spread out.

For me, I enjoy both. While I feel DC is putting out better books overall currently, Marvel has a couple of gems that I enjoy. Outside of that, the Independent scene may be the strongest it has ever been.

The last few months DC has really impressed me with a bunch of #1s that I enjoyed way more than I thought I would. Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and The Batman Who Laughs #1 are all heavily recommended by me.

What about you? Who do you prefer when it comes to Marvel or DC?

That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week!